The vertebral air cavities of large pterosaurs disclose key adaptations for flight

A new study published characterizes the inner cavities of several vertebrae of a backbone thanks to micro-CT scans. The presence of air cavities in the postcranial skeleton was a key adaptation which allowed this group of large animals to fly.

New extinct species of aquatic insect from the Cretaceous of Brazil

Brazilian researchers from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Ufes), the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) and the Regional University of Cariri (Urca), along with researchers from the State Museum of Natural History in Kiev, Ukraine, and the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, published on July 27th a scientific article describing a new species of aquatic insect from the Crato Formation geological unit, in Northeastern Brazil.

The Crato Formation

A new subfamily of Ephemeroptera

The first article arising from Arianny's master thesis has just been published. Read more by clicking on the title above and click here for the publication.

New crustacean species from Antarctica

Dr. Figueiredo and Dr. Rodrigues coauthored a paper describing a new species of lobster from the Upper Cretaceous of James Ross island, Antarctica. Hoploparia echinata is known by two specimens, one of them a fossilized molt. Available here.

New fossils of corals from Antarctica

Dr. Figueiredo and Dr. Rodrigues coauthored a newly published article that describes fossils of scleractinian corals from Cretaceous rocks of James Ross island, Antarctica. Available here.

Interview for Palaeocast

During SVP, Dr. Rodrigues joined Dr. Femke Howerda and Dr. Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone to talk about the inequalities faced by women in Paleontology. The episode also has interviews with other researchers, who talked about racial diversity and being transgender in Paleontology. Listen here.

New paper on the megafauna from the state of Espírito Santo

A work arising from Rodrigo Germano's undergraduate research has just been published in Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia. Here, megafauna mammal fossils from Espírito Santo are described and their occurrence is analyzed. The paper is free to read.

I Know Dino podcast interview

During SVP, Dr. Rodrigues talked with podcasters Sabrina and Garret from I Know Dino about our project that used paleoart to reach out for high schoolers. Listen here.

New paper on pterosaurs

The first paper from Richard's master dissertation has just been published in Plos One. We compared the pneumatic foramina in the vertebral column of pterosaurs and birds, to better understand pneumacity in the former. Read it here.

New paper on teaching evolution

The paper arising from Marcilene's undergraduate work has just been published, on the use of interventions to teach evolution. It is free for download here.


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